Welcome to The Southwest & Península de Pedernales
Talk about criminally undervisited. Few travelers make it to the southwest of the Dominican Republic: it’s remote, and its little-known highlights take some effort to uncover – but that’s exactly the reason to visit. Heading west from Santo Domingo takes you not only in the opposite direction to the eastern beach resorts but also to a different DR – one whose landscape isn’t defined by tourism but by scenes of everyday life. You can explore the cloud forests of the mountains with their soundtrack of birdsong, or the cactus-studded desert that stretches all the way to the Haitian border. Then there's the stunning coastline of the Península de Pedernales, which offers miles of pristine, empty sands and clear turquoise sea. When you reach the Bahía de Las Águilas, a deserted 10km stretch of postcard-perfect beach, you'll feel as though you've hit the traveler's jackpot.
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